Only 16% Foreign Medical Degree Students Fit to Practice in India

Of the 5,863 medical students who appeared in the 2015-16 Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE), only 610 passed.

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While thousands of Indian medical students pursue their graduation from abroad, less than a handful of these students are allowed to practice in India

According to a report by the Ministry of Health, only 610 passed out of the 5,863 medical students who appeared in 2015-16 for the screening test – conducted by the Medical Council of India – that is required to practice in India.

Nearly 14,000 candidates appeared for the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) in 2012-2013. In 2013-2014, 6395 candidates appeared for the FMGE and in 2014-15, the number of candidates appearing for the exam was slightly under 12,500. But just 7,259 students managed to pass the exam between 2012-2016.

According to a 24 February report by Factly, while the annual intake of all medical colleges in India in about 67000, the intake in Engineering colleges is 25 times more. Lack of seats and stiff competition, prompts students to study in medical colleges abroad. If they do want to return to India to pursue their medical practice however, these students are expected to pass the screening test.

Foreign Medical Graduates Exams are conducted twice a year – in June and December - – and require a minimum of 50 percent marks to clear.

As per government regulations, student with under graduate and/or post graduate degrees from US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, need not take the exam.

According to data compiled by the National Board of Exams, students pursuing medical education in China and Russia accounted for over 30,000 students who have taken FMGE between 2012-13 and 2016-17. Ukraine and Nepal followed with 5,000 FMGE candidates.

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